Implants, Dentures, and Crowns—Oh My!

Dentists can do many things to help you have a brighter, whiter, and straighter smile, as well as to improve the overall health of your teeth and gums. Prevention is a key to keeping your smile as healthy as possible, but sometimes there will be the need for treatments that include fillings, root canals, implants, and more. From removable items like partials and dentures to permanently attached things like crowns and implants, there are plenty of ways to get you back to your best smile.

How Much Do Dental Procedures Cost?

Even with good dental insurance some procedures can be pretty pricey and may range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The more teeth that need repair or the more extensive the work involved is, then the higher the price tag will go. If something is deemed cosmetic, your insurance may not cover it at all.

Basic dentures may be less expensive than getting many implants, but that would mean losing all of your teeth, even healthy ones. A bridge may be appropriate if you have healthy, strong teeth at both ends of the damaged area. An implant or a crown may be right if only one or two teeth are damaged, especially if they are not located near one another.

Recovery Time After the Procedure

After a filling, you will not be allowed to eat or drink for a few hours so that the material has a chance to harden completely. Other procedures may require a longer recovery time. Dentures take several procedures over the course of weeks or months to complete. You may need to have all of your teeth removed at one time or the dentist may remove several at a time over the course of a few weeks. Your health may play a role in deciding what would be right for you.

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Most procedures will involve some pain and swelling. The dentist may give you a mild pain reliever and will give you helpful tips to minimize your discomfort. In most cases, you should be fully healed and back to regular activities and be eating normal foods in only a few days.

The dentist will give you instructions for warning signs to watch for as well as ways to care for your new implant, crown or dentures. These warning signs may include slipping or rubbing, pain that does not go away or begins again or not being able to eat after a week or more.

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References:

Dental Implants

Dental Implants vs. Dentures: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Recovery After Oral Surgery

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